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Vlad
March 15th, 2008, 03:49 PM
I was just browsing Newegg and was amused to find a PCI-e card that gave you 2 serial ports. Looks like despite being phased out from newer motherboards the serial port is still hanging on. Just found it interesting...

Mad-Mike
March 15th, 2008, 04:06 PM
I was just browsing Newegg and was amused to find a PCI-e card that gave you 2 serial ports. Looks like despite being phased out from newer motherboards the serial port is still hanging on. Just found it interesting...

I still use Serial ports, and I'm actually quite irritated that modern Windows does'nt like my older Microspeed PC-TRAC trackballs that much, however, I made a workaround using a Serial to USB converter and so far that's worked out quite well. It's a tad surreal seeing a 20 year old PC-TRAC address itself as an HID Compliant human interface device in Windows 2000.

Vlad
March 15th, 2008, 04:12 PM
I've thought about trying a Serial to USB but didn't know how well it would work out driver wise. I didn't know it'd be a HID device. I wonder how well it'd work out with Linux...

mbbrutman
March 15th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Serial is not dead yet, not by a long shot. There are a lot of industrial and military applications that require RS232, RS422 and RS485. And you can readily find multi-port PCI cards for modern machines.

Vlad
March 15th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Wow, I didn't know that. Never saw a PCI/PCI-e Serial card until I stumbled across that one. I knew they were still used heavily in industrial applications but just assumed that they came from who ever built the machines.

carlsson
March 15th, 2008, 05:00 PM
Have you seen any PCI-e floppy disk controller?

Druid6900
March 15th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Serial is not dead yet, not by a long shot. There are a lot of industrial and military applications that require RS232, RS422 and RS485. And you can readily find multi-port PCI cards for modern machines.

In fact, I just pulled a PCI dual RS-485 card out of a computer that someone dumped on me the other day. I don't think too many people looking for a second computer for the kids would have much use for it.

Mad-Mike
March 16th, 2008, 12:05 AM
I've thought about trying a Serial to USB but didn't know how well it would work out driver wise. I didn't know it'd be a HID device. I wonder how well it'd work out with Linux...

Tried it there using Fedora Core 8 just recently, works great there as well.

MikeS
March 16th, 2008, 12:13 PM
Wow, I didn't know that. Never saw a PCI/PCI-e Serial card until I stumbled across that one. I knew they were still used heavily in industrial applications but just assumed that they came from who ever built the machines.
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All kinds of them around; I've got several 2 & 4 port cards and there's a company right here in Toronto that makes a wide range; have a look at:
www.lavalink.com

mike

Druid6900
March 16th, 2008, 07:28 PM
And Lava's been making cards for a LONG time. I have, I believe, 3 Lava 8-bit VGA cards from a good time ago.

MikeS
March 17th, 2008, 02:42 AM
And Lava's been making cards for a LONG time. I have, I believe, 3 Lava 8-bit VGA cards from a good time ago.
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Yeah, I recall buying cards from them when I was *much* younger.

BTW, I may actually be out your way again soonish; want me to bring ya anything? Some nice monitors, dot matrix printers, you know, all the stuff people really want that's cheap to ship... ;-)

m

Druid6900
March 17th, 2008, 01:12 PM
Oh, an EGA monitor would be nice. Got a couple of DMPs, but, anything you don't want that you think I can make money on is cool LMAO